ELYRIA — The area wrestlers, coaches and fans said goodbye to another high school season Thursday night, and the three top seniors got to perform on the mats one last time during the 34th annual Lorain County Wrestling All-Star Meet.
The action kicked off with Black River’s Sebastian Vidika, who won the Division III 106-pound state championship Saturday in Columbus and was named Lorain County’s Wrestler of the Year on Thursday night.
“It’s definitely a big honor getting that Wrestler of the Year trophy — just a good way to highlight the end of my season,” Vidika said after a 15-1 win over Buckeye freshman Eric Bartos. “It was nice to have a little fun. Being serious throughout winning the state title … it was nice to have a little fun tonight.”
Vidika has been flying high since capturing the area’s lone state title less than a week ago.
“I’ve just been relaxing, eating a lot of food … just enjoying it,” he said. “It took a couple days, but it finally sank in that I accomplished my goal and I’m on top in the state right now.”
The spotlight match at the all-star meet was between Elyria senior Armando Torres and Clearview senior Markus Cruz at 120 pounds. Torres won a 15-1 major decision over the Division II state placer, then was named the Division I Wrestler of the Year.
“It’s definitely satisfying being on top of the county right now,” Torres said. “It’s bittersweet, that’s what I would say. It’s really good that I got to end on a better note than I did at state and come out with a win, especially being in my home gym … that means a lot.”
Torres was the Division I 113-pound state runner-up as a junior, but suffered a shoulder injury during a consolation match in Columbus on Friday and defaulted out of the state tournament.
“It’s sore right now because I just wrestled, but it’s fine,” Torres said of his shoulder. “It should be fine after this little break.”
Torres’ break will last no longer than a week or two, then the Pioneers star plans on preparing for his career at Eastern Michigan.
“I know I’m going to try to get out to Ypsilanti (Mich.) during the summer and get some workouts in with the team,” he said. “I’m going to try and train with (Elyria coach Erik Burnett) as much as I can, preparing for the next level.
“They basically told me I would red shirt my freshman year, hit up open tournaments and get adjusted to college wrestling. That’s the plan as of right now.”
The final award winner was Vermilion’s Mike Repko, who was named the Division II Wrestler of the Year just five days after finishing as the 152-pound state runner-up.
“This was a great experience,” he said. “Not being able to wrestle for the first three years of your high school career, then your senior year making a last run, going to the state finals and then being the wrestler of the year … it’s amazing.”
Repko earned a 4-3 decision over North Ridgeville senior Colin Riley on Thursday night.
“It’s good to end on a win, too,” Repko said. “It’s an honor to be here. You’re the best in the area and you get to celebrate with people that you know … it’s pretty cool.”
Repko nearly had given up on his wrestling career a few months ago, then decided to give it one last chance right before the West Shore Conference tournament. After the dream run, Repko isn’t ready to say goodbye to the sport.
“I’m 99.9 percent sure that I’m wrestling in college,” he said. “The next couple of weeks I’m going to visit some colleges that I’m interested in.
“It’s just been crazy the last couple of weeks. It’s an amazing feeling … a perfect ending.”
The Lorain County Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association inducted the 2014 class into its Hall of Fame during the event. The six inductees included Buckeye wrestlers Nick Nutter and Brian Bartos, Wellington wrestler Ryan Myers, coach Skip Fair, official Vince Matteucci and service award winner Roberto Cobos.
* The organization brought 53 Hall of Fame enshrinees to the event and recognized them during the matches.
* The Coach of the Year award winners were Burnett in Division I, Keystone’s Jim Pycraft in Division II and Black River’s Corey Kline in Division III. Tom Bauer, who was inducted into the state’s Hall of Fame in Columbus last weekend, was named the Official of the Year.
* The scholarship award winners were Riley of North Ridgeville, Logan Stiner of Keystone, Bryce Williams of Amherst and Vidika of Black River.
106 — FIRST: Sebastian Vidika (Black River) maj. dec. Eric Bartos (Buckeye), 15-1. THIRD: Kolin Carney (Avon) pinned Bradley Huhn (Brookside), :48. FIFTH: Alex Reyes (Amherst) dec. Clay Todd (Keystone), 7-3.
113 — FIRST: Brandon Bartlome (Lorain) dec. Nick Mayer (Avon Lake), 3-1. THIRD: Josh Newman (Columbia) maj. dec. Justin Montanaro (Buckeye), 17-8. FIFTH: Max Bourque (Avon) dec. Caleb Kopp (Lorain), 4-0.
120 — FIRST: Armando Torres (Elyria) maj. dec. Markus Cruz (Clearview), 15-1. THIRD: Zach Klima (Avon Lake) dec. Christian Lough (Amherst), 3-2. FIFTH: Nick Amspaugh (Wellington) tech. fall Robby Cobb (Oberlin), 15-0.
126 — FIRST: Xaevier Edwards (Lorain) maj. dec. Le’Sean Dula-Banks (Brookside), 15-2. THIRD: Ian Maund (Black River) dec. Jagger Owca (Keystone), 7-2. FIFTH: Seth Orcutt (Amherst) dec. Will Keller (North Ridgeville), 6-4.
132 — FIRST: Joey Bernosky (Avon Lake) dec. Max Kuchenrither (Avon), 8-1. THIRD: Kyle Fowler (Buckeye) def. Mason Harsar (Elyria Catholic) by injury default. FIFTH: Brandon Bellman (Brookside) dec. Josh Gabor (Midview), 12-11.
138 — FIRST: Logan Stiner (Keystone) dec. Mike Dolan (Elyria), 4-3. THIRD: Adam Kirresh (Avon) dec. Steve Horvath (Brookside), 10-7. FIFTH: George Colvin (Lorain) dec. Brent Ningard (North Ridgeville), 3-2.
145 — FIRST: Bryce Williams (Amherst) maj. dec. Jon Eschedor (Wellington), 11-2. THIRD: Artie Clark (Buckeye) dec. Nick Jacobucci (Columbia), 7-0. FIFTH: Caleb Arnold (Elyria) dec. Anthony Chambers (Brookside), 7-0.
152 — FIRST: Mike Repko (Vermilion) dec. Colin Riley (North Ridgeville), 4-3. THIRD: Aaron Huff (Lorain) dec. Ian Standen (Brookside), 6-3. FIFTH: Alec Forrer (Midview) won by forfeit.
160 — FIRST: Mike Wearsch (Amherst) dec. Derek Foster (Clearview), 4-2. THIRD: Travis Leopold (Avon) dec. Taylor Workman (Elyria), 7-4. FIFTH: Josh Kitko (Wellington) maj. dec. Ben Ochletree (Keystone), 12-3.
170 — FIRST: J.T. Brown (Elyria) dec. Ricky Godri (North Ridgeville), 4-3. THIRD: Derek Eibon (Amherst) tech. fall Larry Verhovec (Oberlin), 15-0. FIFTH: Daniel Mize (Brookside) dec. Cullen Wolford (Brookside), 1-0.
182 — FIRST: Jacob Worthington (Keystone) pinned Talon Dorton (North Ridgeville), 3:45. THIRD: Jason Barnicle (Avon Lake) pinned D.J. Childers (Brookside), 4:13. FIFTH: None.
195 — FIRST: Adam Kuchta (Lorain) tech. fall Zach Fries (Brookside), 15-0. THIRD: Paul Sturm (Avon) dec. Jeremy King (Keystone), 6-5. FIFTH: Ryan Steinmetz (Avon) dec. Morality Anderson (Oberlin), 7-3.
220 — FIRST: Ryan Slone (Black River) pinned Todd Hastings (Amherst), 1:26. THIRD: Ivan Mendoza (Brookside) pinned Austin Scott (Firelands), 2:39. FIFTH: Joe Travagliante (Avon) dec. Corbin Chizmadia (Keystone), 10-4.
285 — FIRST: Kevin Vough (Elyria) pinned Nick Bailey (North Ridgeville), 3:45. THIRD: Jason Bustance (Keystone) dec. Sadi Santana (Lorain), 7-3. FIFTH: Casey Huhn (Brookside) pinned Mitch Hasman (Midview), :29.